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The Adoration of the Magi

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This work in three parts (triptych) is a religious altarpiece. In the centre panel the three kings (called Magi), who have travelled to Bethlehem to celebrate Christ's birth, come to adore him. Caspar kneels, offering a gold chalice. The other two, Balthasar and Melchior, holding their hats, bear gifts of frankincense and myrrh. Accompanied by soldiers and Joseph, they stand within the archway of a Northern Renaissance building.

Another Flemish altarpiece of a similar style, particularly in the composition of the central panel, is at Dyrham Park (a property in the care of the National Trust).

National Trust, Stourhead



The Adoration of the Magi




oil on panel


H 91.5 x W 60 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946

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National Trust, Stourhead

Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 6QD England

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